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April 17, 2001

Walter Pacheco Returns to Hilo's KHLO

Hilo's legendary Walter Pacheco returned to the airwaves yesterday morning (April 16) on KHLO AM 850. He is teamed with new partner Wendell Kaehuaea well known radio personality in the Hilo area formerly with KAHU AM 1060. The program consists of local chatter, call ins, police blotter three times every morning, and Walter's own unique choice of music not heard on other stations and airs Monday through Friday from 6:AM to 10:AM.

KHLO, an Emerald City owned entity broadcasts an oldies format in Hilo.

    -- Charles Boehnke, Keaau, Hawaii


Xtreme's PD Jamie Hyatt Out

KXME 104.3 FM's Jamie Hyatt is out as the stations program director and mid-day show host. As was rumoured on our message board and confirmed today at Inside Radio's website, Hyatt is being replaced with afternoon personality K.C. serving as interim PD until a PD can be named.

Postings to our message board indicate that Xtreme Radio may be also making an adjustment to its urban CHR format.

April 12, 2001

Web Streaming Ends For Some Radio Stations

All Clear Channel owned radio stations including Hawaii's KSSK AM & FM will stop streaming webcasts over the internet due to contract issues surrounding the use of commercials produced by advertising agencies using talent from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). The crux of the issue involves fees paid to AFTRA members which are tripled when their commercials are broadcast over the net. Other radio stations may also follow with ending webcasts.

More information at this link.


Big Island County Officials Hit the Airwaves

Mayor Harry Kim and his cabinet members are participating in the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board's (HIEDB) "Focus on the Economy" broadcasts on KPUA radio (670 AM.) The show features Paula Helfrich or Rick West from HIEDB interviewing special guests about specific issues on the island that the guest is involved with.

In coming weeks, the Mayor and his cabinet will discuss the various issues facing the County and our individual County Departments. Programs are aired every Wednesday morning on KPUA radio from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

April 6, 2001

Broadcast Tower Location on Maui Debated

Television broadcasters are pitted against environmentalists in an ongoing controversy regarding the re-location of broadcast towers on Haleakala Mountain. After years of being near the summit, broadcasters are being urged to re-locate their TV relay towers to a location away from a space observation facility due to interference caused by the towers.

The broadcast towers are operated by television stations KHON, KITV, KGMB, KHET, KHNL, and KFVE to relay their signals to the neighbor islands.

A proposed site located in an area called Kalepeamoa is opposed by environmental groups who say the towers would "ruin the spiritual essence of Haleakala."

More details can be found at this link.


Honolulu Arbitron Rating Trends

The monthly Arbitron Rating trends were released April 4 for the Honolulu market. KSSK 92.3 FM, KINE 105.1 FM, KCCN FM 100, and KDNN 98.5 FM lead the pack. KRTR 96.3 made a significant gain, moving from a 5.5 to 6.8 share. Details at the Radio & Records website. Select the link for RATINGS and pull the drop down menu to HONOLLULU.

March 22, 2001

Sharie Shima Leaving, Local TV Nielsens Reported

It was announced yesterday that KITV 4 broadcast meteorologist Sharie Shima is leaving the station and moving on to KHNL News 8. She starts with News 8 on April 2. Ben Gutierrez will take over Shima's slot on KITV weekdays on an interim basis.

Local broadcast news stations maintain their traditional places in the latest Nielsen ratings. As usual KHON TV's Channel 2 News with Joe Moore leads the pack at 6 and 10 p.m. on weeknights with KITV 4's 5:00 afternoon news leading that time slot with Gary Sprinkle and Pamela Young. Details on these items at Erika Engle's "The Buzz" column at StarBulletin.com.


Changes Coming to KUMU 2

From our message board, regular poster Ivan Badget reports that KUMU 2, AM 1500 will scrap their mainland fed "adult standards" format in favor for a locally produced and hosted adult standards format that will run from 10:AM to midnight. The rest of KUMU 2's time will be simulcast with their FM light rock format. The switch starts May 2.

March 18, 2001

Emmis Cuts Staff at KHON, KGMB TV

It was reported on Friday that Emmis Communications, corporate owners of Honolulu television stations KHON TV and KGMB TV cut their staffs including positions at the local stations.

The most visible cut will probably be KGMB TV's Jerry Drelling, who handled investigative reporting and weekend anchor duties at one time. Cuts were felt at both stations as the parent firm made changes as a result of a slowing national economy.

Details can be read at the Star Bulletin website.

March 9, 2001.

Latest Honolulu Radio Ratings Released

The latest Arbitron Ratings for the Honolulu Market was recently published. Market leaders KSSK FM of Clear Channel Communications and KINE FM of Cox Broadcasting, continued to hold the top 2 spots in the latest overall Arbitron book. Fact is, except for some slight percentage changes, the top 5 stations including KDNN, KCCN FM and KUMU FM all retained their rankings.

From the Radio & Records Ratings website, here are Honolulu's top radio stations ranked from 1 to 20. For market share and demographic information, visit Radio & Records online or get a copy of the Arbitron book from your local radio station, ad agency or library.

RankStation Format OwnerLast Period
1. KSSK-FM AC Clear Channel 1
2. KINE-FM Hawaiian Cox 2
3. KDNN-FM Island Music Clear Channel 3
4. KCCN-FM Island Music Cox 4
5. KUMU-FM AC Emerald City 5
6. KRTR-A/F AC* Cox 9
7. KXME-FM CHR/Rhythmic Cox 6
8. KGMZ-FM Oldies Cox 11
9. KIKI-FM CHR/Rhythmic Clear Channel 7
10. KSSK-AM AC Clear Channel 8
11. KUCD-FM Hot AC Clear Channel 10
12. KQMQ-FM 80s Oldies** New Wave 14
13. KHVH-AM Talk Clear Channel 12
14. KPOI-FM Rock*** New Wave 13
15. KDDB-FM CHR/Rhythmic**** New Wave 15
16. KORL-FM AC New Wave 16
17. KCCN-AM News/Talk Cox 17
18. KUMU-AM Adult Standards Emerald City 19
19. KAIM-FM Cont. Christian Salem 18
20. KAHA-FM Alternative Emerald City --

** Was CHR/Pop until December 15, 2000
*** Evolved from Alternative in May 2000
**** Was KKHN-FM (Country) until November 17, was KKBM-FM until January, 2001


"Jan Ken Po" Local TV Game Show To Debut April 8

Fox 2 (KHON TV) will be premiering a new, locally produced TV game show Sunday night, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. The new program will be hosted by KDNN "Island Rhythmn" DJs Lanai and Augie T, and will feature a weekly line-up of family teams competing in a trivia type game that is "intended to instill pride in Hawaii" according to Carole Kai, whose Hawaii Stars company is producing the show.

"Jan Ken Po" replaces the "Hawaii Stars" karaoke show after it airs its final episode late this month.

Details at the Honolulu Advertiser website.


News in Brief: Late Feb. to Early March

The following tibits were contributed by various writers and informants to the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide:

Television Station KHNL Hawaii News 8 recently announced a joint agreement to produce news and sports stories with the Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper, which undergoes a new ownwership change on March 15.

News 8 has also hired Seth Feldman as its news director. Feldman comes from an NBC affiliate in Aruba and is an Emmy winning producer.

Former KQMQ radio personality and Pacific Business News reporter Erika Engle will soon be writing for the new Honolulu Star Bulletin starting on March 15.

Glen Zeigler reports that Art Bell's Coast to Coast late night talk show program is now airing in Hilo on the Big Island via KPUA Radio AM 670. The show also airs on Honolulu's KHVH AM 830 and Maui's KAOI 1110. Art recently returned to the national airwaves after a 9 month absence.

KAHA 105.9 FM is the new broadcast home of the Doctor DeMento Show for the Honolulu market. It airs on Sundays from 10 am to Noon.

Former KQMQ, KKUA, and KRTR talent Tom Ewing says goodbye to Asia after 12 years, and returns to report traffic for Smartroute Systems in his hometown of Minneapolis.

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