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October 30, 2001

Poll: Most Don't Listen

Our last Hawaii Radio & Television Guide poll indicated that a slight majority of visitors to this site don't listen to CHR formatted radio stations. "None of the Above" (31%) was the top response to our last poll question, "What is Honolulu's favorite contemporary hits station?"

Of the stations listed, New Wave's "Da Bomb" at 102.7 FM pulled in 19% of the vote with the firm's AM station, "Radio Disney" getting 16%. A speculative observation here is that both stations may have gotten votes through ballot loading by fans and/or employees of the firm, though nothing can be proven.

The high response both stations got is in contrast to what the summer Arbitrons indicate, where "Da Bomb" did not make the Top 10 and "Radio Disney" almost never makes any showing in the overall ratings.

The graphical link to those votes can be reached by clicking here.

The focus will be on television this month as the November sweeps dominate the programming choices made by local TV stations. Our newest poll asks "Who is Hawaii's favorite TV weatherperson?" Take the poll today and return next week for the results.

October 25, 2001

KINE, KCCN, & KPOI Hot Summer Winners

The Arbitron Ratings were released yesterday. Honolulu radio stations KINE 105.1 FM, KCCN FM 100, and KPOI 97.5 FM are the big gainers for the most recent book. KINE and KCCN made significant enough gains to recapture the #2 and #3 spot in the local market behind perinial leader, KSSK FM 92.3.

KINE programs a contemporary Hawaiian music format, KCCN plays an "Island Music" format and KSSK leads with adult contemporary music.

New Wave's KPOI 97.5 FM is also a ratings winner this period moving from a 2.7 to 4.2 share to break into the top 10 list. The station is the market's current rock music leader.

The highest rated talk radio station is KHVH 830 AM which came in #14 overall.

Here are the Honolulu market's Top 10 stations according to Arbitron:

1. KSSK FM Adult Contemporary
2. KINE FM Contemporary Hawaiian music
3. KCCN FM Island Music - Hawaiian & Reggae
4. KRTR FM/AM Adult Contemporary
5. KDNN FM Island Music - Hawaiian & Reggae
6. KUMU FM Adult Contemporary - Soft Rock
7. KXME FM CHR / Rhythmic
8. KSSK AM Adult Contemporary
9. KPOI FM Rock
10.* KGMZ FM Oldies from the 60s & 70s
10.* KIKI FM CHR / Rhythmic

* tied

For a complete listing with share numbers and station owners, visit the Radio & Records webpage at this link.

October 17, 2001

Jay Stone Killed in Car Crash

By Erika Engle
(from Message Board Posting)

Lifelong radio man Jay Stone has been identified by colleagues as the lone occupant of a car that crashed in Hawaii Kai Monday afternoon. Cox Radio Hawaii, which operates Oldies 107.9 where Jay last worked, was contacted by the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office seeking family notification info. A station spokesman said Jay apparently suffered a heart attack, lost control of his car - and it overturned. He was believed to be 55 years old.

Jay, who lost his job as station manager, PD and morning man in last month's restructuring of the station, was literally on his way to the airport to relocate to Las Vegas to be closer to his adult son. He also had a grown daughter in Utah.

Stone was to join Clifton Radio Inc. as a vice president for marketing, according to Jerry Clifton.

In addition to his former role at KGMZ, Stone did the day-book for Emmis-owned KGMB TV in Honolulu and other v/o and imaging work.

Jay's career featured sky-high ups and rock-bottom lows -- something we can all relate to -- but to focus on the "ups," he'd worked at every major station in every major market, according to Clifton, and loved Hawaii according to Cox Radio's Austin Vali. Austin spent some time with Jay over the weekend as he prepared for his move.

Jay served as PD, morning man, etc. at some of Honolulu's top radio stations during his two stretches in the islands.

He had one of those old-school deep powerful voices - and this friend and former co-worker will miss him. Funeral arrangements are pending.


Dick Tomey - Football Broadcast Analyst

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran a feature article on KFVE TV's new on-air football analyst, Dick Tomey, former coach of the Arizona Wildcats and the University of Hawaii Warriors in the late 1970s and 1980s. The article written by Al Chase has Tomey saying, "I must admit, I have a lot of respect for those people who do it for a living. You find it is more difficult than you think it is...."

Tomey has been featured in the KFVE TV broadcast booth since the start of the current U.H. football season with play-by-play announcer, Jim Leahey.

The complete article is available at this link.


HAF Lunch Focus on Post Sept. 11 Advertising

A panel of advertising industry executives from the media, research and internet fields discuss the impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the local ad community. This will be the subject of a special luncheon meeting being held by the Hawaii Advertising Federation next Wednesday, October 24.

The event will be at the Hawaii Prince Hotel and starts at 11:30 AM. There is a charge at the door. HAF, AMA and AD2 members have a discounted rate. Fax 532-0560 or e-mail rcullenorg@aol.com for reservations. More information is available by calling 532-0555.


New Morning Show on Lava Rock FM

John Miro is the new morning man at Lava Rock 105.9 FM. Miro who was doing the afternoon drive at the station was promoted to the morning slot after the station's team of "Rowdy and Sage" departed the airwaves to relocate to the mainland.

More details at this link.


Poll: KPOI Narrow Fave for Rock n Rollers

Listeners of rock radio narrowly chose KPOI 97.5 as their favorite rock music station in our most recent, unscientific radio poll. The station pulled in 27% of the vote among respondents. A close second was "None of the Above" with 25% (obviously not rock music listeners). Star 101.9 came in third with 24% of the total.

Reader comments included "KTUH has the quality and variety that can't be touched," to "Q103? KAOI's lame KCCN clome? No, KMVI-FM rocks!" An option to vote for a neighbor island station was available to poll readers. Among the suggested neighbor island stations were Maui's "The Point 101.9 FM" and KMVI FM.

A graphical chart of the poll results are available at this link.

Our newest poll will probably generate a heated debate as I ask "What is Honolulu's favorite contemporary hits radio station?" That poll runs now through October 27.

October 8, 2001

Radio Poll: What Is Honolulu's Favorite Rock Station?

The week's poll question asks, "What is Honolulu's favorite rock music station?" Three Honolulu stations, KPOI, KUCD and KAHA are listed in the poll. Users have the opportunity to also select a station that is not among the list.

Recent Arbitron ratings have not been very favorable to rock radio ratings in this market.

In our last poll, we asked what Hawaii's favorite adult contemporary radio station was. The unscientific poll results showed that KRTR radio was a site favorite. They garnered 45% of the vote with KORL picking up 17% and KSSK getting 16%. A graphical representation of the poll results are available at this link.

The current poll is valid from now to October 15.


Newspaper Battle Good for Radio Advertising

Honolulu Star-Bulletin's Erika Engle reports that the six-month "war" between the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin may be offering local radio stations more advertising opportunities as clients re-evaluate and shop around for the best way to deliver their message in a small and crowded market.

"The newspaper wars have hurt the newspapers and helped the other guys," says Jeff Hendrix of Hendrix Miyasaki Shin Advertising Inc.

Read the complete article at this link.

October 1, 2001

Kathy Muneno Returns to KITV 4

Kathy Muneno returns to the airwaves today as KITV's new weather forecaster. She will be featured on the station's 5, 6 & 10 pm nightly newscasts. Former weather person Ben Gutierrez moves to the station's morning news. More information at The HawaiiChannel.com.


Bob Hogue on KGU 760 AM

State Senator Bob Hogue started the KGU Radio "Morning Magazine" show today with John Noland and Peg Stewart doing the news. Hogue formerly worked as sports anchor for many years on KHON TV before moving on to KHVH and KCCN radio doing talk shows there. Last year Hogue was elected to the State Senate where he currently represents the Kaneohe district.

September 27, 2001

Summer Arbitrends, Emmis and UHF TV

The Summer Arbitron trends for September was released yesterday. Cox Radio has 3 stations in the current Top 5 -- KCCN-FM, KINE and KRTR FM & AM. Clear Channel's KSSK-FM still holds at number 1, with their KDNN bringing up position #5.

Emmis Communications received another temporary waiver from the FCC to hold dual ownership in both KHON and KGMB TV. This waiver extends the dual operations until March 2002. Both are major network stations in the market.

TV station KWBN Channel 44 which broadcasted the Daystar Network is off the air. Oceanic is airing the HGTV network in its place on cable channel 44.

KALO TV at Channel 38 is sending out a test signal.

September 25, 2001

Big Island's "Hipster's Choice" Moves To KIPA & KKON Radio

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that "The Hipster's Choice" radio show featuring Art Roberts, "The Hairy Hipster from Hamakua" moves to Hilo's KIPA & KKON simulcast starting this Sunday, September 30.

The program will bring Roberts' eclectic mix of jazz, blues, R&B, rock n roll, bluegrass, funk, Celtic and Afro-pop to nearly all sectors of the Big Island. This is because Big Island Broadcasting's KIPA AM 620 broadcasts from several transmitters around the island, and simulcasts to the firm's KKON 790 AM operation out of Kona.

"Hipster's Choice" began in 1996 on a station in Tokyo, Japan where Roberts worked as a consultant for FM-Shibuya. Roberts moved the show KHLO radio in Hilo after he arrived on the Big Island 2 years ago.

The program is one of the few on the dial that takes requests. The program will air on Sundays from noon to 6PM. "The Hipster's Choice" website can be found at hipsterschoiceradio.com.

    -- Charles (Chuck) Boehnke, Keeau, HI


Website Readers Say "Let's Go To War"

In the last Hawaii Radio & Television Guide poll, I asked our readers: "Should the U.S. go to war to eliminate international terrorism?" The small pool of respondents echoed similar polls taken nationwide, with 89% of users saying "Yes." The "No" and "I Don't Know" options each received 5% of the vote. I'll conduct this poll question in another 6 months to see where public sentiment on this issue stands.

Our newest poll returns to radio formats, this time asking readers what they think are Honolulu's favorite adult contemporary and soft rock radio stations. The poll runs now to October 3. Vote today!


KHON's Joe Moore in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"

KHON TV's news anchor Joe Moore will be playing the part of Oscar in the Neil Simon play, "The Odd Couple" which will show this weekend at the Hawaii Theater. He will be teamed with friend and Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajek who will play Felix. More information at this link.

September 19, 2001

IRH to Air 24 Hours of Iz

Internet Radio Hawaii (IRH) will air a 24-hour "Iz-Athon" in connection with the release of the new Israel Kamakawiwo`ole CD "Alone in IZ World". According to a post made by IRH's Rabbett, "IRH Live will again dedicate 24 hours to Nuttin' But Iz - a solid 24 hours of the music of Bruddah IZ including his beloved performances as a Makaha Son."

The 24 hour Iz-Athon Begins at 7 am HST on September 25. The new CD is expected in stores soon. Local radio stations have already received advanced copies of the release and have added the first track, "Mona Lisa" to playlists.


Tribute to New York Firefighters Available

"A Fireman's Prayer", by The Taylor Brothers is a tribute song to honoring New York City's firefighters in this time of national crisis. The song available to broadcasters is available as a free MP3 download at the firemansprayer.com website.

Spokesperson Jack Taylor suggests that broadcasters use this song for possible video and audio montages.

September 17, 2001

Jay Stone Out From Oldies 107.9

All Access reports that Jay Stone, station manager and morning show host at Oldies 107.9 FM is out. Exiting with him are morning news reporter Danielle Tucker and mid-day jock, Jon Kealoha. Program director John Matthew is KGMZ's only live jock. The station has reverted to an automated format showcasing its rotation of oldies from the 60s and 70s.

Station owner Charles Giddens died last week. KGMZ is owned by Honolulu Broadcasting Company and is operated by Cox Radio Hawaii.

More details at this link.


Hawaiian Hard Drive On Air

Another locally grown computer topic radio show hit the airwaves this month. The Hawaiian Hard Drive radio show airs every Tuesday morning on KCCN radio 1420 AM, and covers computer related topics that a layman should understand. Hawaiian Hard Drive editor Ed Nishioka is one of the program's co-hosts.


KCCN, KHVH Nearly Tied in Talk Radio Poll

KCCN 1420 AM, Honolulu's radio station that features a sports-talk format was the favorite among poll respondants here at the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide. The station pulled in 25% of the vote. KHVH 830 AM came in a close second with 23% of the vote. Outpacing both of them however was "None of the Above" with 34%. Obviously most respondents prefer the music stations to those that program news and talk.

The poll was criticized for not including Hawaii Public Radio's KHPR and KIPO. The poll considered only those stations that have a full-time, 24 hour news and/or talk format. Both KHPR and KIPO program music during many of their dayparts.

The current poll steps away from broadcasting this week as I take our readership's pulse on whether or not the United States should go to war to eliminate international terrorism.

September 15, 2001

Oceanic Cable Changes Channel Line-Up

Oceanic Cable will be changing their channel line-ups to both their digital and analog services. Most of the changes will be primarily the realignment and reassignment of cable TV channels. Twenty channels in analog service will be repositioned. Channels that were previously offered as value-plus become part of standard value service. These include ESPN2, Fox Sports, The Golf Channel, Turner Classic Movies and the addition of Oxygen and We: Women's Entertainment.

Ten channel positions are being realigned on Oceanic's digital service. This includes making the Flix network a digital only option. Four new Showtime premium services will be added on November 1st.

The channel changes will take effect September 24. No changes in cable rates have been announced so far.

For more information visit Oceanic Cable's website.


KHVH Changes Line-Up, KHBZ to become "The Buzz"

Changes to Clear Channel's KHVH radio (830 AM) and sister station KHBZ 990 AM take effect on Monday. Mike Buck, formerly of KGU radio will become KHVH's new afternoon drive talk-show host, the station's first local host in that time slot since the mid 1990s. Other changes include moving Mike Savage's show from the early morning to mid afternoon slot, and the movement of Dr. Laura and Michael Medved's talk shows to KHBZ AM. The latter station will be known as "The Buzz". The station last aired a business radio format and for most of this week, aired a simulcast of Fox's and ABC News' coverage of the ongoing national crisis.

In a related matter, Paul Wilson takes over as program director on KHVH. He replaces Rick Hamada who will stay on as the Morning Show host.

More details can be found at the KHVH and KHBZ websites.


News in Brief

It has been reported that KGMZ FM's owner Charles Giddens died on Wednesday September 12 in Florida of a brain aneurysm. Another article in the Honolulu Advertiser features the growing market for Christian pop and rock music and pointed out radio stations KAIM FM, KLHT AM and "The Effect" for bringing this music to the local airwaves. While the market share for these stations are small, the article indicated that there is growth in the marketplace.

September 13, 2001

Continuous News Coverage Focus on Attack Aftermath

Local television and radio stations carried news programming for the past 2 days since the start of the brutal terroristic attacks levied on New York City's World Trade Center towers and the United States Defense Department Headquarters, The Pentagon, outside of Washington D.C.

Network TV channels KHON, KITV, KGMB and KHNL all carried 24-hour news feeds from the mainland relating to the "Attack on America". Local news reports cut into the network feeds at various times on the first day. Subsequent local news reports focused mainly on the attack's aftermath on the local community.

Regular programming and most commercials were not carried. Hawaii's Public Television Station, KHET carried a CBS and local news feed simulcast with KGMB on September 11. Coverage remains continuous on the major cable news networks and some of their affiliates.

Prime time and late night TV programming have all been pre-empted.

Local sports programming for upcoming weekend games by the University of Hawaii have been cancelled or postponed. The lack of airline service, which has not been restored had an effect on scheduling. Sports programming from the mainland has also been pre-empted due to cancellation or postponment of college and professional contests.

On radio, the Perry & Price show on KSSK was the usual information hub for many listeners. KHVH's Rick Hamada carried his show beyond his 10AM quitting time to allow for more local coverage. Clear Channel's KHBZ 990 AM switched its format to an all news feed from the Fox News network since Tuesday.

September 12, 2001

Acts of Terrorism Pre-empts Radio & TV Programming

Local television and radio stations carried news programming all day yesterday in conjunction with the brutal attacks carried out by terrorists in New York City and outside of Washington D.C.

Network TV channels KHON, KITV, KGMB and KHNL all carried feeds from the mainland relating to "America's Day of Terror". Local news reports cut into the network feeds at various times of the day. All regular programming and most commercials were not carried. Hawaii's Public Television Station, KHET carried a CBS and local news feed simulcast with KGMB. Most of the cable TV services including those not usually carrying news, aired... news! These included VH1, Fox Sports, TNT, TBS and one of the home shopping networks.

The continuous news coverage carried on throughout the day and into the prime time and late night hours, pre-empting all regularly scheduled programming.

Local sports programming may be in doubt this weekend as the University of Hawaii and other schools decide whether or not scheduled events in women's volleyball and Warrior Football will take place. The lack of airline service, which has not been restored as of press-time will definitely have an effect on scheduling. Sports programming from the mainland have been cancelled as college and professional teams called contests off.

On radio, the Perry & Price show on KSSK was the usual information hub for many listeners. KHVH's Rick Hamada carried his show beyond his 10AM quitting time to allow for more local coverage. Today, Clear Channel's KHBZ 990 AM has switched its format to an all news feed from Fox News network.

September 10, 2001

Honolulu Stations in Low Tie

The latest Hawaii Radio & Television Guide poll results show that a whopping 47% of our readers do not listen to the island music radio format offered by KDNN, KCCN FM and KINE radio. Those three stations each pulled in an 11% share of our informal poll votes, which is very low for a seemingly popular format in the islands (according to Arbitron).

This week the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide poll offers news and talk radio. Anyone listening? Anyone talking? Take the poll listed on the column at right.


Lava Rock Radio Online

Lava Rock 105.9 FM is online with their debut website. A high-end browser is required to view their website at the following URL:


September 6, 2001

Changes Around the Radio Dial

Erika Engle's "The Buzz" reports that Jamie Hyatt was named program director of Clear Channel's Star 101.9 FM. He replaces Ken Martin, who has left the station.

Over at Cox Radio, personality "K.C." has been named P.D. for Xtreme Radio 104.3 FM.

It was also reported that Clear Channel signed morning show hosts Michael W. Perry and Larry Price for another long term contract of an undisclosed price. KSSK's Perry & Price are the market's #1 morning show far outpacing all rivals.


Maui Public Access TV Focus of Feature Article

The Maui News recently interviewed Sean McLaughlin, President and CEO of Akaku: Maui Community Television. The feature article informs readers about the community access channels free speech mandate and the ability for non-commercial community groups and individuals to get their programs on-air over cable TV services on the Valley Island. Akaku is similar to that of Olelo', Oahu's Public Access channels that are carried by Oceanic Cable.

The article is an informative read and can be found at the Maui News website. Akaku can be found at this URL: akaku.org.

September 2, 2001

Poll Results: 56% Favor Emmis Selling KGMB or KHON

Our two-week, unscientific poll revealed that most people favor Emmis Communications selling off either KGMB or KHON TV. The poll result was kind of surprising given that spinning off either of the stations would be a guarantee to preserve the independent news operations of both.

The final results taken from 46 responses show the following:

Poll Results 9-1-01

Emmis is currently operating KHON and KGMB TV under a waiver from the FCC that is scheduled to terminate October 1. The firm is planning to split its radio and TV operations into two companies.


Local TV This Week

Several locally produced television shows highlight this week's offerings on the tube. Good news for University of Hawaii "Rainbow" football fans. Given the fact that the debut game for the U.H. will be played on Maui, KFVE TV has been given the right to broadcast the game live in Honolulu this Saturday starting at 6:00 p.m.

Hawaiian Culture is alive and well on TV this week. KFVE will be broadcasting the annual Frank B. Shaner Falsetto Singing Contest.

KITV Channel 4 will air "Best of Keiki Hula" highlights with hostess Paula Akana at 7:00 pm. Later that night on KITV, the station will air "Hokule'a: A Silver Celebration", also with Paula Akana. The program celebrates the accomplishments of the famous sailing canoe starting at 9:PM.

Finally on KITV, the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon airs tonight, starting at 10:PM and carrying on until 5 tomorrow afternoon.

August 29, 2001

Phase 1 Summer Arbitrends Released

The latest radio ratings trend shows KINE surging back to the #2 position, and KRTR FM falling to #4 while still maintaining their Spring numbers. As usual KSSK FM is number one. Select this link for the latest Arbitrends.

August 27, 2001

Emmis To Split Radio & TV Divisions

Emmis Communications Corporation is proposing to split its radio and television holdings into 2 separate companies. Emmis are the current owners of Honolulu TV stations KHON Channel 2 (Fox) and KGMB Channel 9 (CBS). They operate both stations under a waiver from the FCC regarding ownership of major network properties in the same market.

Emmis is projecting a completion of this split by February of next year. It remains unknown whether or not Emmis will retain both Honolulu television stations.

Details at this link.


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