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News Over The Air


Updated June 25, 2000

KHON TV Still on Top of the News

KHON TV's newscast anchored by Joe Moore handily beat the competition in the lucrative 6 and 10 pm weeknight time slots in the spring Neilsen ratings relased on June 14. KITV 4 News with Gary Sprinkle and Pamela Young dominate the 5:PM early evening news, and KHNL's News 8 has gained some ground with the addition of Howard Dashefsky and Jodi Leong in the anchor seat. They are still #4 trailing behind #3 KGMB TV.

KITV meanwhile has claimed the top spot in the sign on to sign off viewership category with the ABC affiliate program "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and KITV's annual broadcast of the Merrie Monarch Hula competition in Hilo responsible for large prime-time ratings.

Details on the ratings can be found at the Honolulu Star Bulletin's website.


Local TV Notes

KGMB TV sports anchor Neal Everett recently left the station to take a position with the ESPN sports network.

Emme Tomingbang debut her weekly summer talk show on KGMB TV last night entitled "Emme & Friends." Her first guest was Hawaiian entertainer and musician Keali'i Reichel.

A new television series from the producers of "Baywatch" may start filming in Hawaii next year. The possible title of the new seris is "Hawaiian Tropic Undercover" and will apparently feature "beautiful girls in beautiful Hawaii." Click here for more information.

Hawaii Public Television becomes a private, non-profit corporation starting on July 1. They operate TV stations KHET and KMEB which air programming from PBS.

Former Hawaii Congressman Cec Heftel is an interested party for the purchase of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper. Heftel made his mark in Hawaii broadcast history when he owned both KGMB TV and KGMB radio (now KSSK) and turned those stations into market leaders in the late 60s and 1970s.


Sports Talk Radio Subject of Star-Bulletin Feature

The Honolulu Star Bulletin ran a feature on sports radio programming in Hawaii. The article focused on how several radio stations have managed to hold an audience with the venerable format. The article concluded that local sports generates more listener response and loyalty vs. programming offered by national feeds. The article alluded to KGU radio's recent drop of their all sports talk format and KCCN AM's success with their University of Hawaii sports tie-in.

The entire article can be viewed at the Honolulu Star Bulletin website.


June 6, 2000

"Armed Citizen" Talk Show to Air on KHVH

A new talk show focusing on issues relatiing to gun ownership will make its debut on KHVH 830 AM starting this Saturday, June 10. The half hour program will air from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. The program will be hosted by Brian Baron and Max Cooper and is a collaborative by the Hawaii Rifle Association and the Hawaii Citizens' Rights PAC.

June 4, 2000

Benefit Concert for Wili Moku

Some of Hawaii's top recording artists, as well as Na Hoku Hanohano award winners, are coming together for the Backyard Summer Bash for former island radio personality Wili Moku on June 24. Starting at 3:pm, the concert, on the Diamond Head Lawn of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, will feature island artists Henry Kapono, Ehukai, Ka'au Crater Boys, The Krush, Forte', Ten Feet and many more. The show will be hosted by comedy star and former radio personality Jeff Kino.

Tickets are on sale at Tower Record stores, Harry's Music and other music outlets, as well as at the door.

For more than 20 years Wili Moku was one of Hawaii's top rated afternoon drive disc jockeys. He worked at KORL, KKUA, KQMQ, KHUL, and also co-hosted the number one rated weekend show in Tokyo Japan with Kriss Hart, AJI Magic City.

After moving to the mainland with his family, Wili suffered from the complications of diabetes which included kidney failure and must undergo a weekly dialysis treatment. A heart virus and the recent amputation of his right foot has compounded his problems.

The benefit concert will help his family offset the costs for his medical care.

The complete press release is posted on the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Message Board:

Direct URL: http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=69325&article=170


News Briefs

  • Highlights from the recent Britney Spears concert held in Waikiki will be shown this Wednesday night June 7 on the Fox Network (KHON TV 8:PM).

  • The Miss Hawaii annual scholarship pageant airs live from the Hilton Hawaiian Village on KFVE TV starting at 7:PM Friday night, June 9.

  • KORL 99.5 FM is now streaming live audio from their website.

  • It has been reported that at least 3 to 4 more radio stations may be running on Oahu by next year.

    May 17, 2000

    Low Powered K60FJ Carries Univision

    The 5th largest broadcast network in the U.S. is now being carried in Honolulu by local UHF TV station K60FJ. The network broadcast began late last month and runs 24 hours a day. According to a Pacific Business News report, the TV station will not be carried on Oceanic Cable. Univision is an all Spanish language network and is being targeted for the growing Hispanic population in the islands.


    Services Set for Island DJ

    Funeral services will be held for island radio personality Cliff Richards this Saturday, May 20 starting at 11:AM at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 10:AM.

    Richards whose real name is Clifford "Richards" Scott is survived by wife Erika Engle Scott and children Cassidy, Zachary, Dylan and Taylor.

    Cliff Richards was an award winning creative director and for 4 years hosted the KQMQ morning show with his wife Erika. He passed away after a long bout with cancer.

    Donations to a memorial fund are still being taken to help the family pay for medical bills and other debts. They can be dropped off at any branch of First Hawaiian Bank or sent to the following address:

      Friends of Cliff Richard
      c/o Trinity Church

      875 Auloa Road
      Kailua, HI 96734


    New Station URLs, New Online Rocker

    A new rock n roll radio station made its debut this week online and not over the airwaves. Headrock.net offers a classic/album rock format over the internet and is broadcast from studios located in Halawa Valley. Their URL is http://www.headrock.net.

    Two traditional radio stations have recently changed their website URLs. KORL 99.5 FM has a new website at http://www.korl995.com. The station features a soft rock and island music format. Over on Maui, station KPMW 105.5 FM has their website located at http://www.wild105.bizland.com. They're generally regarded as Maui's Filipino radio station but have altered their programming to feature hip-hop mixes and dance tracks. The station bills itself as "Wild 105".

    May 12, 2000

    Cox Completes Acquisition of KCCN AM/FM & KINE

    PRESS RELEASE: Cox Radio, Inc. announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the assets of KINE-FM, KCCN-FM and KCCN-AM, serving the Honolulu, Hawaii market for approximately $17.8 million in cash. In addition, Cox Radio also announced it has completed its previously announced sale of radio station KGMZ-FM (Oldies 107.9) to Honolulu Broadcasting, Inc. for approximately $6.6 million in cash.

    In conjunction with the sale of KGMZ-FM, Cox Radio entered into a joint sales agreement ("JSA") with Honolulu Broadcasting whereby Cox Radio will manage the local, regional and national sales efforts for KGMZ-FM.

    Cox Radio owns, operates or provides sales and marketing services for five FM and two AM stations serving the Honolulu market, the nation's 60th largest.

    May 8, 2000

    KGMB TV Sold to KHON TV Owner

    Emmis Communications Corp., owner of Honolulu's KHON TV 2 bought 15 television stations from Lee Enterprises, Inc. including KGMB TV Channel 9. The selling price for the Lee properties was reported to be $562 million.

    The deal is pending FCC approval.

    The fact that Emmis bought KGMB puts the firm in the position of owning 2 major network stations in the same market, which is currently against FCC rules. Reports indicate that the firm may have to sell one of its two holdings, lease one of the stations to another company or ask the FCC for a waiver.

    KGMB is the state's CBS affiliate while KHON airs programming from the Fox network.

    The deal also includes several of KGMB's neighbor island relay and translator stations including KGMV on Maui and KGMD Channel 9 in Hilo.


    Services for Cliff Richards Pending

    A memorial service is pending for island radio personality Cliff Richards who passed away last Friday after a bout with terminal cancer.

    A popular voice on island airwaves, Richards was most recently employed as creative director for radio stations KCCN and KINE. From 1994 to 1998 Richards and wife Erika Engle were morning drive air personalities on KQMQ radio.


    Island Music Popular Among Masses

    Radio station KCCN FM 100 is still ranked #1 in the overall winter Arbitron Ratings released last week. Establishing a lead at the #1 spot for two periods in a row has established the station as market leader over former #1 station KSSK FM.

    However, the new kid on the island music block, KDNN 98.5 FM with their "Island Rhythmn" format rose out of nowhere to be placed in the top 5. KDNN rose out of the ashes of former classic rock station KKLV when the owners made a format change last October.

    The top 5 market leading radio stations is dominated by 3 stations catering to the Hawaiian and Island Music audience.

    98.5's morning crew of Lanai and Augie T. also catapulted themselves out of nowhere to become the 3rd most popular morning drive crew, following KCCN's Billy V. and Charly Espina and KSSK's #1 rated show, Perry & Price.

    The top 10 Honolulu radio stations from 6 a.m. to Midnight:

      1. KCCN 100.3 FM
      2. KSSK 92.3 FM
      3. KDNN 98.5 FM
      4. KINE 105.1 FM
      5. KXME 104.3 FM
      6. KUMU 94.7 FM
      7. KRTR 96.3 FM
      8. KGMZ 107.9 FM
      9. KIKI 93.9 FM
      10. KSSK 590 AM


    News Briefs

    On TV: It was reported in the local press that Hollywood was calling for KHON news anchor Joe Moore. He's not leaving. The Spanish speaking network, Univision is available in Honolulu on low powered UHF station K60FJ. At the legislature, the "Baywatch" bill, which originally was supposed to fund the state's film industry, passed on closing day in a watered down form which created a special fund for TV production. The networks and local TV affiliates are currently in the last Nielsen sweeps month for the current season.

    Radio Dial: Tom Moffatt is out from KGMZ 107.9 Oldies radio. Meanwhile, Cox Broadcasting owner of KRTR FM recently began simulcasting that station on 1460 AM, which was previously simulcasting 107.9. Finally a new station will be appearing on the AM dial soon... KBUG at 1170 AM, which was once the home to the old KOHO call letters and station.


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