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June 5, 2001

News Briefs: Rating Trends,
Chicken Man & Radio Free Hawaii

The Spring 2001 rating trends were released yesterday. Not much change from the Winter book, with KSSK FM holding a commanding lead over the rest of the pack. Visit Radio & Records online for the latest figures under the section "RATINGS". Meanwhile over at KGU Radio AM 760, morning show host Mike Buck has resurrected the old "Chicken Man" show, which used to air on the Aku show at KGMB radio back in the 1960s and 70s. "Chicken Man" airs weekday mornings at 7:40 AM. Meanwhile former dj and Star Bulletin entertainment writer Shawn "Speedy" Lopes has written an interesting feature article about his former station, Radio Free Hawaii, which was started 10 years ago on June 1, 1991. Details at this link.

June 1, 2001.

Ron Jacobs Takes On Corporate Radio

Radio personality Ron Jacobs has established Balance Radio Broadcasting, an advocacy organization for "returning the airwaves to the public by reversing or modifying the Telcommunications Act of 1996". In essence Jacobs is advocating a return to the days when radio was not owned by giant corporations, and instead advocates independent ownership, operation and programming. Jacobs has launched a campaign taking on media giant Clear Channel Communications, owners of more than a thousand radio stations nationwide including 8 in the Honolulu market.

According to Jacobs' website, they are not seeking to do away with Clear Channel and other corporate giants, but "change the way these companies operate by restoring local accountability and demanding rigid adherence to existing regulation of radio broadcasting."

More details can be found at Jacobs' Balance Radio Broadcasting website.

Ron Jacobs is one of the pioneering personalities in Hawaii radio, having been one of the original "Poi Boys" from KPOI radio, and working at a number of radio stations and media firms in Hawaii and on the mainland for more than 40 years.

May 23, 2001

Haleakala TV Towers May Have Found New Home

The StarBulletin.com website reported that Hawaii's major TV stations may have found a new home for their relay transmitter towers on Maui's Haleakala mountain. A site at the 7,200 ft. level of Haleakala may be a potential location for the towers after consultants determine their feasibility.

More details at this link.

May 16, 2001

Changes and Promotions at Salem Media Hawaii

Salem Media of Hawaii announced two recent changes to their radio stations. Michael Shishido assumes the Program Director duties of news-formatted KHNR-AM 650. Shishido continues as Program Director of KAIM-FM, a contemporary Christian music station.

Doug Campbell, General Manager of Salem Media of Hawaii, announced the appointment saying, "This change will take advantage of Michael's success in radio programming and his fresh perspective toward news. He is well known and respected in the Honolulu media, and I am confident of his leadership to develop KHNR as a credible, local news source."

Also at Salem Media of Hawaii, KAIM-FM's morning show co-host Kim Harper tacks on added responsibilities. She will now oversee the promotions department of Salem Media of Hawaii. Her new title is Salem Media of Hawaii Promotions Director.

Harper will continue to partner with Dave Lancaster in the morning. Campbell says about Harper, "She's really come into her own. This next step up will be a challenge I know she can handle completely and professionally."

Salem Media of Hawaii is owned by Salem Communications, the owner of more than 70 radio stations across the nation. They are the largest provider of Christian programming in the nation and owns KAIM-AM, KAIM-FM, KGU-AM 760 and KHNR-AM 650.

    -- Courtesy Michael T., Salem Media Hawaii

May 3, 2001

KSSK Maintains Top Spot, KRTR and "Da Bomb" Gains

Adult Contemporary, Hawaiian & Reggae Music are still Honolulu's most popular music formats as the latest Arbitrons indicate. Longtime market leader KSSK FM dominates the ratings increasing their market share from 9.5 to 10.1 in the latest book reflecting the winter 2001 period. Island music pioneer KCCN FM 100 finds itself back in the #2 spot at the expense of sister station KINE which drops a few points to #5. Rival island music outlet KDNN slips a notch. A few books ago, KDNN was the market's number 1 station.

Showing big gains are KRTR AM & FM moving from 6 to 3 with a 6.9 share. It's good news for Cox's Adult Contemporary station which had been slipping in recent books.

Breaking into the top 10 from a lowly 15 at the last book to a very respectable 7 is New Wave's KDDB FM, "Da Bomb". It is probably the first time any radio format at the 102.7 FM frequency has broken into the Arbitron Top 10. The programmers at New Wave must be doing the right thing for "Da Bomb" since it has overtaken its two CHR- Urban formatted rivals, KIKI FM and KXME FM "Xtreme Radio".

New Wave's change at KQMQ FM is beginning to pay off as the 80's oldies station breaks into the Top 10 at the #8 spot picking up a 4.5 share and tying with fading KIKI FM.


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

* tied - stations have the same market share numbers for this book.

For market share numbers visit the Radio & Records website and select ratings, and Honolulu from the website menus.

Join in the discussion about the ratings at the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Message Board.


Channel 2 News Runs Away With #1 Ranking

The Hawaii Radio & Television Guide's unscientific poll conducted during the last 2 weeks of April indicate that readers (or possible ballot stuffers) prefer to watch the Channel 2 News with Joe Moore over that of its closest rival, KITV 4 News. After the survey period stopped, the numbers indicate that Channel 2 News is number one for our readers, pulling in an amazing 40% of the vote, much of which showed up in the last few days. One of our readers noted Channel 2's surge by posting, "Wow, the Channel 2 news surged ahead. When i voted there was only like 20 votes but Ithink KITV was on top."

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