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December 19, 2003

KHON Continues Dominance in Local TV News

The Channel 2 News (KHON) with Joe Moore continues to dominate the local news market garnering ratings points in the double digits for both its 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock weeknight newscasts. Coming in 2nd for 6:PM is KITV Channel 4 and KGMB TV Channel 9 for the 10:00 newscast.

KITV's 5 o clock newscast with Gary Sprinkle and Pamela Young continues to lead that time slot over their competition. Channel 2's morning news leads the market among local news broadcasts.

Both KHON and KGMB owned by Emmis Communications Corp. have recently started sharing some of their video footage yet maintain separate editorial content.


Radio Station KENT Sold to Salem

Salem Communications bought silent radio station KENT AM 1170 from Utah based Legacy Communications. The station was sold for $500,000.

KENT has been silent for several years after the frequency was abandoned by the last station that was there... KOHO which was most well known for being a Japanese broadcast entity.

Salem owns 5 radio stations in the Hawaii market... KAIM 95.5 FM "The Fish", KAIM 870 AM which broadcasts with an anemic signal from Molokai, Country station KHCM at 940 on the AM dial and KGU AM 760, Hawaii's first radio station now broadcasting a Christian-Talk format.

No programing format has been announced for KENT or when the station will be re-activated.


December 17, 2003

News From Clear Channel's Radio Stations

Clear Channel's KSSK AM & FM are broadcasting a near 24-7 Christmas music format for most of their broadcast day. The holiday music will continue through Christmas Day, December 25 after which the station will switch back to their well oiled adult contemporary hit music format.

Also at Clear Channel, their talk station KHVH will pre-empt the talk on Christmas eve and Christmas day and take on an all Christmas music format until the airing of Coast to Coast with George Noory at 7:PM December 25.

Michael W. Perry and Larry Price moved their Saturday brunch show to its new location at John Dominis Restauarant in Kakaako. All shows for December have reportedly been sold out.

Ohana Road Television Show to Hit The Road

"Ohana Road", the weekly automotive program that airs Saturdays on KITV Channel 4 will be hitting the road next year as the program will air coverage at the Los Angeles Auto Show on December 30. A version of the program will be taped at the auto show and air January 10, 2004 on the Armed Forces Network in 188 counties and 250 ships at sea.


Hilo's Moody Radio Airs Christmas Programming

A number of special programs are airing now through Christmas on Hilo's Moody Radio at 91.9 on the FM dial. Among the 24 hours of inspirational Christmas music airing on the station will be a number of special programs including "The Story of Christmas", "Christmas Memories with Joni Eareckson Tada" and a dramatic interpretation of Charles Dicken's classic, "A Christmas Carol." Check Moody Hilo's website for airtimes of the special programming:

Moody's programming can also be heard on the internet through their website.


November 19, 2003

Sale of KORL Radio to Close Soon

New Wave Broadcasting's sale of radio station KORL AM 690 to Hochman-McCann Hawaii, Inc. was approved by the Federal Communications Commission. The station was sold for $500,000 with the deal to close later this year.

Upon closure the station will move to new studio and office space on the 4th floor in downtown Honolulu's Pioneer Plaza. The station's format will switch from the present "Radio Disney" to a time brokerage talk format under the monicker of "Hawaii's Multicultural Radio."

The new owners have been running advertisements in the local media offering people their very own radio shows.


Digital Sports Package Offered by Oceanic Cable

A new digital sports TV package is being offered by Time Warner Oceanic Cable. The new sports channels being offered on Oceanic's digital service include the following: Fuel (Channel 241), NBA-TV (Channel 242), The Tennis Channel (Channel 243), Fox Sports Atlantic (Channel 244), Fox Sports Central (Channel 245), and Fox Sports Pacific (Channel 246). The channels were recently activated and are available to all digital subscribers for free until December 1, after which a monthly $2.95 will be billable to customers who continue the service. Oceanic offers more than 200 channels on their digital television service.


November 13, 2003

Rush Limbaugh Returns to the Airwaves on Monday

In a public statement made on the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show guest hosted by Matt Drudge yesterday, David Limbaugh, the famous conservative talk show host's brother said that Rush will be back this coming Monday.

David said, "I've got a real exciting announcement that I think we've all been waiting to hear since October 10th when Rush told us all, the public and the EIB audience about his problem and his determination to do something about it - and I want to tell you that everything continues to be on schedule and is going as planned. I'm happy to tell you, in fact, that Rush has successfully completed the first phase of his treatment, and he's going to be back at work and once again be behind the EIB Golden Microphone starting this Monday, November 17th."

Rush left the air on October 10 to enter a treatment program for addiction to pain killer drugs. His show continued with a parade of guest hosts during his absence. The Rush Limbaugh show airs locally on KHVH Radio 830 AM in Honolulu, KIPA 1110 on Maui and KPUA radio 670 AM in Hilo.


Another Radio Station on the Big Island is Sold

Big Island radio station KIPA 620 AM has been sold to San Diego businessman Thomas Troland, who also purchased KKOA FM in Hilo and an unbuilt radio station called KIHH FM at 105.1 last month. The sale of KIPA radio, a longtime fixture on the Big Island's AM radio dial is the latest in a long series of station sales that have effected more than a dozen well known properties. KIPA listed for a sale price of $75,000. It was reported that KIPA has been off the air recently.


November 6, 2003

Digital Broadcast Flag To Stop Online TV Piracy

The Federal Communications Commission approved new rules yesterday that will allow broadcasters to attach a code to digital television signals to prevent consumers from sending copies of TV shows over the internet. Supporters of the technology believe that the implementation of the "Broadcast Flag" clears the way for adoption of digital TV which the FCC mandates by 2007.

Consumer groups have been opposed to the technology on fears that it will prevent people from recording a program for viewing later among other things. The version of the broadcast flag technology approved by the FCC will still allow consumers to copy programming for use later or sharing within their homes.

Hollywood has been a big supporter of the technology because the industry does not want to fall victim to the problem of unauthorized file sharing experienced by the music industry.


Big Island's "Hairy Hipster" Returns to Radio Airwaves

Big Island radio personality Art Roberts, popularly known at the "Hairy Hipster" returned to the airwaves on Pacific Radio Group's KKON AM 790 and KHLO AM 850 simulcast. His six hour weekend program featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, folk, African, Latin, new age and Celtic music airs Sundays from Noon to 6:PM.

Roberts' program originally aired on Hilo's KIPA 620 until that station was sold. The program was pulled but has now made a comeback on KHLO/KKON, both stations simulcasting an "oldies" format for the most of their broadcast week.


Online Radio Listener Supported

Honolulu Advertiser technology columnist Burt Lum writes about the growing trend of listener supported online radio. He cited California's long running KPFA FM which has been on the air since the 1940s and on the web since the mid 1990s as an example of the genre.

He also cited the long gone Radio Free Hawaii as another example of the genre where listeners programmed the station through a weekly balloting system. Other stations both online and over-the-air include the state's largest non-profit operation, Hawaii Public Radio with broadcast towers on most of the major islands, Rabbett's Internet Radio Hawaii which is a long time online service supported by listeners all over the world, and KEAO Mana'o Radio from Maui broadcasting over the web and through a low power FM transmitter at 91.5.

The latest operation coming into the genre is Radio Paradise operated by Bill Goldsmith and serving a streaming broadcast over the internet. The station solicits donations through their secure server system, and allows listeners to participate in their programming.


October 29, 2003

Perry and Price Moving To John Dominis

The Perry & Price Saturday morning show on Clear Channel's KSSK AM & FM is moving from the Sheraton Waikiki's Hanohano Room to the John Dominis Restaurant in Kakaako starting on December 6. The move was necessitated after the Sheraton announced that the Hanohano Room was being converted to a dinner only steakhouse operation.

After the announcement was made yesterday, calls began flooding in to the John Dominis for reservations to the first Perry & Price show. The restaurant however will start taking reservations beginning November 3 from 9 am to 5 pm.

John Dominis Restaurant will be able to seat about 250 people for the Perry & Price radio show. A new stage is being constructed for the show. The restaurant is owned by longtime politician Andy Anderson.


FCC To Vote on "Digital Broadcast Flag"

Consumers could lose the right to record digital television programs if the Federal Communications Commission approves a film industry supported technology called the "broadcast flag" which would force hardware manufacturers to install the copy-protection technology in digital TV receivers.

The Digitalconsumer.org website has taken an active stance on behalf of consumers against the broadcast flag. They have set up a site where consumers are able to fax the FCC to make their opinions known that they are against the new, prohibitive technology.

Digitalconsumer.org state that the broadcast flag will not work, isn't necessary, will outlaw behaviors that are currently legal, require consumers to upgrade all of their equipment, bring innovation to a halt and give Hollywood veto power over consumer electronics.

The film and television industry support the broadcast flag technology on the hope that it will stop movies and other digital content from being pirated over the internet.

The broadcast flag technology amounts to a binary code that will be hard wired into consumer electronics that is designed to block people from uploading copies of TV shows and movies to the internet. Variations of the technology would also prohibit consumers from recording television programming for viewing later or using technology that enables viewers to skip commercials.

The FCC is expected to make a ruling by next Tuesday.


Big Island Radio Station Sold Again

In the seemingly never ending saga of Big Island radio ownership roulette, another station has been sold. KKOA FM 107.7 which was recently sold by Maverick Media to Pacific Radio Group has been sold again by the former to a San Diego businessman. Thomas Troland stepped up to the ownership plate and established a new firm called Skynet Hawaii LLC for the purpose of his radio acquisitions.

Skynet is also buying a yet-to-be-built station called KIHH FM at 105.1 in Keeau from a Wisconsin based broadcaster.

Troland is the second buyer of KKOA after Pacific's acquisition. The station was to be sold to Pacific Radio Group attorney Dan Alpert.


October 22, 2003

Summer Arbitrons Puts KRTR FM at Number 2

Adult Contemporary Music is alive and well in Honolulu as Cox Radio's KRTR FM 96.3 moved nearly a full percentage point to overtake Island music formatted KCCN FM 100 as the Honolulu market's 2nd most popular radio station. Market leader KSSK FM 92.3 owned by Clear Channel Communications remain Honolulu's top rated radio station in the overall ratings as well as in morning drive. KSSK's Michael W. Perry & Larry Price continue to lead the morning drive ratings race.

Both KSSK and KRTR FM are adult contemporary formatted music stations. While Maverick Media's KUMU FM 94.7 slipped somewhat during the summer months, it still had a strong enough rating to keep its brand of a/c music in the top 10.

For the first time in several ratings periods, urban CHR music has made a strong comeback in the top 10. New Wave's KDDB 102.7 "Da Bomb" FM leads the booty pack, followed by Cox's KXME 104.3 FM and Clear Channel's re-branded KIKI FM, now known as "Hot 93.9 FM". Urban has staying power in this town.

Hawaiian music fans will be disappointed to find out that New Wave's KHUI FM did experience a slight uptick in their summer book before the station switched from "The Breeze" format to "99.5 Bob FM" in mid-September. The .2 tick was not enough to save that station's format.

Erika Engle has a detailed analysis of the summer rating period in her Honolulu Star-Bulletin article.


1. KSSK 92.3 FM Clear Channel Adult Contemporary
2. KRTR 96.3 FM Cox Adult Contemporary
3. KCCN 100.3 FM Cox Island Music
4. KINE 105.1 FM Cox Hawaiian music
5. KDDB 102.7 FM New Wave Urban CHR
6. KDNN 98.5 FM Clear Channel Island Music
7. KUMU 94.7 FM Maverick Media Adult Contemporary
8. KXME 104.3 FM Cox Urban CHR
9. KQMQ 93.1 FM New Wave 80s & more
10. KIKI 93.9 FM Clear Channel Urban CHR

A complete list of all the station numbers are available at THIS LINK

Discuss the ratings at the Message Board.

Maui's Akaku TV Applies for Low Power FM Frequencies

Maui's public access television station "Akaku" has applied for 2 FM frequencies on the Valley Island to start a low power FM operation. According to FCC records, Maui Community Television Inc. has applied for 88.5 in Kahului and 89.5 FM on Molokai for which it plans to start broadcasting 100 watt signal to their respective communities. Akaku plans on airing some of their television programming over the FM dial including Maui County Council meetings.

Maui's most well known LP FM operation is "Manao Radio" which operates at 91.5 on the FM dial, playing an eclectic mix of music.

When the station becomes operational it will become one of several low power FM stations that have recently sprung up around the state, most of them belonging to religious organizations such as Calvary Chapel and The Seventh-Day Adventist Church.


October 17, 2003

Perry & Price Need New Weekend Home

KSSK's Perry & Price morning show featuring the number 1 morning radio duo of Michael W. Perry and Larry Price will be house hunting. Their Saturday morning breakfast show which is broadcast live from the Sheraton Waikiki's Hanohano Room will be closing after Thanksgiving due to the hotel's plans to renovate and retarget the long running showroom into a steakhouse restauarant. There will be no place in the new steakhouse for the Perry & Price radio show after the remodeling is done.

Perry & Price have been broadcasting from the Hanohano Room for 19 years. Clear Channel Communications, owners of KSSK radio are looking for new venues to continue the popular weekend radio broadcasts. Perry & Price have been fixtures of Honolulu's morning show airwaves on KSSK for 20 years now.


October 10, 2003

Rush Takes Leave From Airwaves

After a week of speculation, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh admitted today that he has an addiction to pain killer drugs. He made a public statement during the last hour of his nationwide talk show broadcast stating " I am addicted to prescription pain medication. I first started taking prescription painkillers some years ago when my doctor prescribed them to treat post surgical pain following spinal surgery. Unfortunately the surgery was unsuccessful, and I continued to have severe pain in my lower back and also in my neck due to herniated discs."

He further said, "Immediately following this broadcast, I am checking myself into a treatment center for the next 30 days to once and for all break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me."

Premiere Radio Networks, the national syndicator for the Rush Limbaugh show will feature a number of substitute guest hosts while Limbaugh is off the air. The Rush Limbaugh show airs in Hawaii on radio stations KHVH 830 AM in Honolulu, KAOI AM 1110 on Maui and KPUA 670 AM in Hilo.


More Sports Channels to be Added to Oceanic Cable Line-up

Several new sports and outdoor life channels are being added to Oceanic Cable's line-up starting November 1. Digital subscribers will be able to receive NBA-TV, The Tennis Channel and FUEL extreme sports for an additional $2.95 per month. In December the cable giant will also add the Outdoor Life Network for both digital and analog customers.

The channel additions are in response to competition from satellite cable network offerings. Oceanic also plans to add another OCI 16 type channel featuring all local programming and a channel targeted at the tourism market next year.


Big Island Radio Station Ownership Contested

Buddy Gordon, a 17% shareholder of Big Island Radio and full-time owner of Hilo Broadcasting, LLC which operates Hilo's KHBC AM 1060, has filed a motion with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to investigate Maui's Pacific Radio Group's purchase of 8 radio stations on the Big Island.

Gordon has stated that Pacific's takeover of the 8 Big Island radio stations will create a non-competitive local market, especially on the Kona Coast. Pacific Radio Group's 6 Maui radio stations already penetrate the Kona coast. The addition of more Pacific Radio Group stations acquired through the firm's Big Island purchases "will ensure the corporation will be noncompetitive" in that market.

Pacific owns Maui radio stations KMVI AM 550, KJMD FM 98.3, KNUI AM 900, KNUI FM 99.9, KPOA 93.5 FM and KLHI 101.1 FM. All of these stations are receivable in the Kona-West Hawaii market. Kona radio stations added to Pacific's roster include Maverick Media's KLEO FM 106.1, Big Island Radio's KLUA FM 93.9, KKON AM 790, KAGB FM 99.1 and a number of Hilo properties from both firms.

In order to abide by FCC ownership regulations, Pacific did sell off 3 radio stations including KHWI 92.7 FM in Hilo, KAOY FM 101.5 in Kona and KKOA 107.7 FM in Volcano.


Drug Problem to be Focus of "Talk Story" TV Show

Lt. Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr. will be this month's guest on "Talk Story with Your Administration," a 30-minute community television show designed to keep Hawaii residents informed about their state government. The Lt. Governor will discuss the recent Hawaii Drug Control Strategy Summit, including the recommendations and outcomes from the summit.

The show airs Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., on Olelo Community Television Channel 54. Airdates are October 15, 22 and 29. The program already made its premiere on October 8.

Hosted by Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America 2001, the "Talk Story with Your Administration" series gives an up-close and personal view of Governor Linda Lingle's Administration. The goal of the program is to inform the public of the administration's duties, charges and challenges, and to familiarize viewers with the individual cabinet members who are working to improve state government.

October 7, 2003

Maui, Big Island HPR Stations Off The Air

Hawaii Public Radio's Maui and Big Island radio stations will be off the air today due to maintenance work being done on Haleakala Mountain on Maui by Hawaiian Electric. The stations which get a feed from Honolulu's KHPR FM include KKUA 90.7 on Maui which feeds its signal to Hilo's KANO FM.


Personnel Let Go From New Wave Stations

Several personnel were let go over the weekend at New Wave Broadcasting's group of radio stations including KQMQ FM, KPOI FM, KHUI FM and KDDB FM. Among those getting the pink slip are former "Breeze" personalities Ola Souza and Kimo Villarimo.


October 2, 2003

Oceanic Cable Offers Honolulu Radio Stations on Neighbor Islands

Neighbor Island subscribers to Oceanic Time-Warner Cable's Digital TV service will be able to listen to 17 of Honolulu's 38 radio stations. The service now available to digital subscribers will include the following stations:


KHVH AM 830 will also be included as part of the package. The new stations will be located on digital channels 841 to 856 and will be an added feature to the digital music stations now offered on Oceanic.

"Everything is in place to go loud and proud with statewide radio coverage," said Alan Pollock, Oceanic’s vice president of marketing. "Our neighbor island customers will now be able to tune in to Oahu’s top radio stations, and we’re proud to be the company bringing this service to them."


Real Time Closed Captioning Comes to KHON TV News

The Caption Company Inc. was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Department of Education to provide 3 years of real-time captioning for TV station KHON TV Channel 2. The firm began its duties as KHON's real-time closed captioning service on the Monday morning edition of KHON's local newscast from 5 to 8 a.m. on September 29.

Closed captioning is provided to all newscasts at KHON TV and other stations. However none of it is done in real time as the captioning is done in advance and tied into the station's teleprompter. The difference between advanced captioning and the real time service is the fct that in-studio guests and live feeds can now be captioned.

The service works by employing locally based captioners who will provide the service from remote locations. Real-time captioning will be expanded to include the KHON TV nightly newscasts at 6 and 10 beginning in January.


PBS Hawaii to Start $10 Million Fund Raising Drive

PBS Hawaii, operators of KHET Channel 11 in Hawaii will someday be moving to new facilities. The PBS broadcaster has agreed to buy a vacant 28,000 square foot lot next to the Hard Rock Cafe in Honolulu at 1812 Kalakaua Avenue for $2.5 million. They plan to build a new headquarters and studio facility there.

KHET which became an independent, non-profit private entity in 2000 has been broadcasting from studio facilities near the University of Hawaii since 1967 when the station was largely subsidized by the State of Hawaii.


Statewide Fiber Optic System to Synchronize Oceanic Cable

Oceanic Time Warner Cable will be able to synchronize all of its programming throughout the state after the installation of an underwater fiber optic cable link between the islands is completed. The system will be able to deliver all of Oceanic Cable's services from Oahu to the neighbor islands in a uniform manner and provide a backup to local cable links on each island. The upgrade will enable all of Oceanic's customers to receive such services as video-on-demand and high-speed cable modem service.



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