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I think the year was 1983 ....... I can NEVER forget it, though I may have the actual year wrong. It was the night Frank B. Shaner got fired from KIKI AM.

Frank had the evening shift on KIKI. The station had undergone management changes that dropped the morale of the dj's and staff in general. I know this because I was close friends with three of the dj's there: Cliff Richards, Ron Wiley, Shawn 'till Dawn and Rodney Sanchez (Ron's goofer). [forgive my memory if I don't have that right, Rodney!] As a result, people were leaving the station as fast as they could.

But my guess is that Frank needed the pay, so he couldn't just quit and he didn't have another job offer at the time. So unintentionally he found a way one night to get fired so he could collect unemployment. I say unintentionally because he was doing his usual request night when everything changed.

Someone called in to request the song, "Spill the Wine" by Eric Burden (sp?) and War. So Frank played it ........ and he played it........... and he played it for HOURS!!! About three hours. A flood of people were calling in with complaints although some called to say they loved it and wanted him to keep it going. Frank began asking callers to vote for whether they wanted him to stop or continue. It really didn't matter what the caller said because Frank kept playing the song!

The next evening, there was a change of dj's. It was announced that Frank was on vacation. The guy had on air calls from listener's asking when Frank would return but the dj said he didn't know. Of course, Frank had been suspended and about a week later he was officially fired.

To me, that night was crazy but very, very memorable!!!!! Thank you Frank!!! I had a good laugh that night!

Posted on 30/05/03 00:25:09 AM

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is that you Wendy? As in Wonderful Wendy?


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Posted on 02/06/03 7:45:20 PM

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Radio Gal

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no dear...... i'm not wonderful wendy.....just wonderful me!

Posted on 08/09/03 11:44:58 PM

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I think that was the year Jay Stone came in as PD for
KIKI AM/FM Davies Pacific Building with the AM/FM studios and a production studio (closet)
Just about the year AM radio died in Honolulu.
Jay created I-94 and shook up the local market.

Posted on 11/09/03 3:31:23 PM

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craigwatanabe

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When you had a hot mic you had to turn off the fan and do your read while sweating it out. Made for quick and dirty copy reads.

That floor space is now occupied by The Gas Company and the prod room is now part of their IS department.

I left KIKI just about the time Craig Quick left 93.9 KMAI Solid Gold (Sister Station now I-94 ironically using KIKI AM 83's call letters).

The on-air board at KIKI 830 became KHVH's main board at Queen Street. After the move to Dole Cannery the board disappeared.

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